This week has been a rather unique one for the entire Richard Petty Motorsports organization. With the appropriately named “silly season” in full swing, more news came to the team as they continue their season in NASCAR.
At Chicagoland Speedway, the driver taking the checkered flag was one that wasn’t always the focus of the media. David Reutimann, who has been a rather quiet competitor, made a huge impact as he passed Jeff Gordon late and held off Carl Edwards to win the LifeLock.com 400.
The RPM stable had a rather good night, despite some unfortunate news leading into the weekend. Here is the race rundown.
Last week, Kahne admitted that all the cards have yet to fall for him next season. He still has no confirmed ride in 2011, and meanwhile was trying to make his Budweiser team proud of him on the track. Last week, he did just that in his top-five performance.
At Chicago, Kahne kept that momentum as he stayed up front for most of the night and kept out of trouble. He would bring home a sixth-place finish.
Unfortunately, Kahne did lose one spot in the standings as he falls to 17th.
The quiet driver of RPM had yet another uneventful night but had a lot to show for it.
Menard had the best qualifying effort of all his teammates, starting in the ninth position. All night long he stayed close to the top-10, kept his nose clean, and brought home a very respectable 10th-place finish. This team has been the unexpected success story of the season, and the entire No. 98 Menards team was verry happy at race’s end.
Menard still holds his 23rd-place spot in the standings.
The mid-pack qualifying effort summed up the night for the No. 43 team.
Allmendinger started the night from the 13th-spot in his Best Buy Ford, this weekend running the Geek Squad name on the side. He was a mid-pack car for most of the night, and was never able to get the handle on the car just right.
As a result, he would finish the night in the 14th position.
Allmendinger remains 22nd in the standings.
The driver of the Stanley Tools Ford didn’t make much noise on the track, but it was the off-track news that had him in the headlines.
Sadler qualified in the 16th position but never was a factor and would finish 21st. However, the big story in regards to this driver came long before the green flag. It has been confirmed by Sadler himself that after this season, he will not return to Richard Petty Motorsports. After talking to team management, he was told that he was not in the organization’s long-term plans.
This means Sadler now has 17 more races to make an impression on other teams interested in having Sadler become a potential driver.
Sadler now sits 27th in the standings, up one position from last week.
The Sprint Cup Series has a rare weekend off during the summer this week, but it is much needed as the final run to the Chase begins Sunday, July 25, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.